Behind machines bearing bags of chips and cans of soda is the South Carolina Vending Association (SCVA) of Columbia, which recently donated $5,000 to the One SC Fund for statewide post-hurricane relief efforts.
SCVA provided the package in conjunction with fellow vending organizations in the Southeastern U.S. at the 2016 Atlantic Coast Exposition in Myrtle Beach less than a week after Hurricane Matthew tore through the region; suppliers also donated a truck full of products to the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach.
The South Carolina Vending Association joined the North Carolina Vending Association, Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association and with corporate members and sponsors to collectively pledge a total of approximately $27,000 to aid various disaster relief funds across the area.
The One SC Relief Fund is a Columbia-based fundraising effort to help South Carolinians recovering from a disaster, such as Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 Thousand Year Flood. With help from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, Gov. Nikki Haley established One SC in late 2015 following major flooding throughout the Palmetto State to assist victims in two dozen FEMA-designated emergency counties.
Established in 1977, the South Carolina Vending Association is a nonprofit aligning vending service owners, operators and distributors. It sponsors an annual scholarship program in addition to making charitable donations. SCVA brings well-known brands to consumers statewide including Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle and other products.
The 2016 Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) marked the 62nd annual event for the supply chain sector, held at The Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach Oct. 19. Educational seminars, new products and equipment demonstrations informed the three-day event with participants from 28 states plus Canada.